The Wife (2018)

The Wife (2018)
“Living Author, Dead Lover; Or, The Lass From Stockholm” Much of the critical response to Bjorn Runge’s excellent new film, The Wife has rightfully focused on the wonderfully subtle, yet astonishingly powerful performance by Glenn Close as Joan, the wife of Joe (Jonathan Pryce), a celebrated author who wins the Nobel Prize for Literature at ...

Son of Saul (2015)

Son of Saul (2015)
“This Way for the Transformative Cinema, Ladies and Gentlemen” The new Holocaust film, Son of Saul (2016) opens with an astonishing shot. Completely out of focus, we see some people in the background, perhaps digging near a tree. After what seems like an eternity, to the point that one considers going to tell the projectionist ...

Melancholia (2011)

Melancholia (2011)
“The Latitudes of Home” Southern Illinois is abuzz with anticipation of two total solar eclipses, the first to take place on August 21, 2017. Indeed, the greatest duration of this eclipse will pass almost directly above my house in Makanda. I am just as excited as anyone else, but perhaps for very different reasons. Southern ...